An oil production ship capable of carrying up to 2 million barrels of oil has exploded off the coast of Nigeria.


According to local reports, the Trinity Spirit exploded at the Ukpokiti oil
field off Nigeria’s coast, near the Escravos terminal close to the River
Niger delta.

The vessel is an FPSO, a floating production storage and offloading unit,
owned by Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (Sepcol).


These types of ships are used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the
production and processing and storage of oil and serve a similar function
to larger oil rigs.

The ship had 10 crew members onboard.


The explosion of the Trinity Spirit is already the fourth major oil spill
this year, after disasters in Peru , Ecuador and Thailand .